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- These activities are part of the longer, NGSS-aligned unit - Organisms and Their Environments - which addresses several NGSS standards. However, the activities in THIS bundle focus on the water cycle specifically - addressing NGSS MS-ESS2-4.MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of wate$30.00$38.00Save $8.00
In this elaborate activity, students read two short texts that propose counter-arguments to the issue of withdrawing water from the Fenner Basin in the Cadiz Valley. Students answer questions while they read, use a graphic organizer to evaluate the arguments and the evidence provided by each author, and assess the situation through the Crosscutting Concept lens of Stability and Change using an additional graphic organizer.
This activity is part of the middle school unit Organisms and Their Environments. If you are interested in the complete unit, you can find additional activities at iExploreScience on TeachersPayTeachers or in the sample resource library of the Science Teacher Tribe Course + Community.
This activity is part of a complete unit that builds towards these standards:
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions.
MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
5E Model Phase: Elaborate
>> Students will compare and critique two arguments on the same topic to analyze whether they emphasize similar or different evidence and/or interpretation of facts.
>> I can compare and critique two arguments on the the issue of pumping groundwater from the Cadiz Valley to analyze whether they emphasize similar or different evidence.
Science and Engineering Practices:
Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Engaging In Argument From Evidence
Stability and Change
This activity is a part of the complete middle school unit, Organisms and Their Environments. It is designed to follow a series of activities that address resource availability in ecosystems, the water cycle, and groundwater and aquifers specifically. These activities are not included in this resource.
Students have already been introduced to the concepts of ecosystems, the organization of ecosystems, and briefly, interactions in ecosystems. They have developed an understanding of the water cycle, the distribution of water resources globally, and have specifically focused on the availability of groundwater in the United States. To use the second graphic organizer, students will need to have an understanding of the Mojave Desert (or any desert) ecosystem. This knowledge has been developed through previous unit activities. (Please see the Earth Science category for additional activities.)
If you are interested in the complete Organisms and Their Environments unit, you can find the relevant activities at iExploreScience on TeachersPayTeachers or in the sample resource library at the Science Teacher Tribe.
Teacher Guide (8 pages)
Student Activity Sheets (4 pages)
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